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Uncle Rao Inspires Me: Aklesh

Uncle Rao Inspires Me: Aklesh
Suva football rep Madhwan Aklesh Gounder in Suva on May 15,2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 16
11:01 2018

Suva football rep Madhwan Aklesh Gounder was inspired by his uncle Chandra Rao to take up football.

The Rakiraki native said his family didn’t want him to play football.

“Taking up football was not my first priority. I wanted to be suc­cessful in life and get a better job so that I can support my family,” Gounder said

“My family didn’t really want me play football.

“I was motivated by my uncle Chandra Rao. He was a good player for Rakiraki. He was very skilful and he inspired me to take foot­ball seriously.

“I wanted to be like him.”

Gounder is a special police constable and has been supporting the team and his family.

“My father is alone at home as they are now separated with my mother. So I have been working hard at this level to support my family,” he said

Gounder started playing for Tailevu-Naitasiri in 2014 before he joined the Suva, Rewa and the capital side again.

Suva currently leads the Vodafone Premier League competition and one of the favourites to win the Vodafone Fijian FACT later this month. Suva is in Pool B with Lautoka, Tavua and Nadi. The capital side play Lautoka in their first game at 6pm on May 25.


May 25: 1.30pm Nadi vs. Ta­vua (Group B); 3.30pm Official Opening; 4pm Labasa vs. Dreketi (Group A); 6pm Suva vs. Lautoka (Group B); 8pm Rewa vs. Ba (Group A).

May 26: 12pm Suva- Tavua (Group B); 2pm Dreketi- Rewa (Group A); 4 Lautoka-Nadi (Group B); 6 Ba-Labasa (Group A).

May 27: 11am: Lautoka-Tavua (Group B); 1pm Ba vs. Dreketi (Group A); 3pm Nadi-Suva (Group B)

5pm Rewa-Labasa (Group A).


Edited by Osea Bola


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